Compressed wood technology opens new markets


OSU professor Fred Kamke has partnered with Corvallis Tool Company for years to develop his Viscoelastic Thermal Compression technology.

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OSU professor Fred Kamke has partnered with Corvallis Tool Company for years to develop his Viscoelastic Thermal Compression technology.

The company will help Kamke test the market potential of the compressed wood product now that he has been awarded $40,000 from Oregon BEST and $75,000 from OSU’s Venture Development Fund.

The money will allow him to develop a set of prototype products in his lab and to direct Corvallis Tool Company to develop a processing rate, production yield and an analysis of market cost over the next six months, beginning this week. Corvallis Tool Company will also be responsible for providing engineering designs for three different types of machines that could be used for VTC technology.

If cost-effective, VTC technology would provide wood products plants with a solution to a persistent problem. The building industry relies heavily on veneers to construct support beams and trusses in buildings, but a lack of top-strength material is an ongoing challenge.

The VTC process would allow wood products plants with proper equipment to compress softer veneer into high-quality, strong veneer.

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.

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